VIDEO: When Marreese Speights First Became Speezy

There's been a lot of Speeziness on this site in particular during Marreese Speights' first three years in Philadelphia. But with Hollywood giving birth to a summer full of origin stories, reboots and remakes, it's only fair that we give Mo his own. This is the beginning of the Speezy Experience. Before the Boss was the BOSS and far before Evan Turner was a bust, we had Mr. Ten Cent Head himself, Marreese Speights and his Cabbage Patch Kids-load of potential.

Thanks to Ball Don't Lie's Eric Freeman, we can recall the very moment Speezy became Speezy. On a wintery Denver night in 2008, Samuel Dalembert got a little handsy and got sent to the bench frequently in foul trouble. So up came little Mo, who responded with 12 points on 12 shots in 18 minutes. In typical Mo fashion, his eFG% and usage rate were negatively correlated and the Sixers lost probably because he tried to take too many charges on Linas Kleiza. But midway through his stint of pre-Speeziness came this play after the jump.

 

And so it began.

QUICK NAME YOUR FAVORITE SPEEZY-RELATED FILMS!

  • Rise of the Planet of the Speez
  • Green Speezy
  • Speezy the Barbarian
  • A Good Old Fashioned Speezy
  • Crazy, Stupid, Speez
  • Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Speez
  • Legend of the Hidden Temple
  • Requiem for a Speez
  • What's Eating Gilbert Speez?
  • The Speezy House Rules
  • Lethal Weapon 2: I'm Too Old For This Speez

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